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Telecoms regulator Ofcom is set to further its plans to develop a Universal Service Obligation (USO) for the broadband sector by consulting with providers before the end of 2018.

According to, the regulator will work with the broadband industry to determine which companies will be designated as providers of these services, as well as what requirements will be attached to them.

Companies that have obligations placed on them as a result of this will have to make plans to ensure they are able to extend broadband networks to those parts of the UK that have so far missed out on upgrades to faster connectivity.

The USO is intended to ensure that every household in the UK has access to acceptable broadband speeds, with one of its main components being that every home will have the right to request speeds of at least 10Mbps. 

Other quality parameters that are covered in the rules include minimum upload speeds of 1Mbps, restrictions on how much bandwidth consumers will have to share with other customers, and requirement that ensures customers can download at least 100GBs of data every month.

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